OBIT: Loraine Koenig Janecek
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Janecek 07/11/2004Our beloved mother, Loraine E. Janecek, went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, July 8, 2004 after a brave fight with lung cancer.She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence (Larry) Janecek. She is survived by her children, Jeannine Gatto, Shirley (Diane) Wiemers, Gary Janecek, Karen Fyda, Sandra Manning, and Annette Thornton. She was very proud of them, the grandchildren, and her three great-grandchildren. She took great pleasure in visiting many countries, and states within the USA while her children lived away from San Antonio. It gave her great joy to attend the birth of many of her grandchildren. Her grandchildren include Jeannine's children: Ryan, Krystyna, Elizabeth, Deborah, Amber and Mary; Diane's children: Chris, Heather, Blair, and Charlene; Gary's children: Stephen and Peter; Karen's children: Joshua and Dillon; Sandra's children: Michele and Stephanie; Annette's children: Samantha, Kaitlyn, and Andrew; great-grandchildren, Skyler Coldewey, Kerrington Standish, and Brianna Coldewey.She was born to parents, Dan and Bertha Koenig, in Schulenberg, TX on August 21, 1935. She attended Harlandale High School in San Antonio and graduated in 1953. After High School, she attended business college. She married her husband on April 28, 1956 and they lived on Howle Avenue in San Antonio for many years. She was a faithful member of St. Margaret Mary's Parish until the parish boundaries were changed so that she became a member of Holy Name Catholic Church. During her life, she also lived within the boundaries of St. Ann's Catholic Church in LaVernia, St. Matthew's Catholic Church and most recently, St. Mary's Catholic Church. As a newlywed, she had many friends in the Diamond Ring Club. Life experiences meshed with the square dancing she enjoyed with friends for several years. Her early life was filled with active children's voices. She was often heard saying that she had six children in seven years whom she called, "The Active Six". While that was happening, she even found time to work full-time. Early in her career, she became an insurance adjuster and was a driver of one of USAA's first commuter vans from LaVernia. She retired from USAA after 25 years of service. She was a member of the USAA Golden Eagles Club and enjoyed the quarterly retiree luncheons as often as possible. She gave many volunteer hours to the St. Margaret Mary's Senior Nutrition Program serving as President of the Senior Council for a term. She lived at the Granada Retirement Home on the San Antonio River and participated in the Nutrition Program and enjoyed annual trips on the river and many other social events.She was faithfully and financially interested in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Someone else may have said it best: "God saw she was getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around her and whispered, "Come with Me." With tearful eyes we watched her suffer and saw her fade away. Although we loved her dearly, we could not make her stay. A golden heart stopped beating. Hard working hands to rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best."SERVICE Visitation will begin on Tuesday, July 13, 2004 with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 P.M. at Mission Park Funeral Chapels South. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, July 14, 2004 at 9:30 A.M. at Holy Name Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. Mission Park Funeral Chapels South.